Sometimes there’s nothing wrong with a little staycation. So that’s when you hop in the car and drive right up the street to Hollywood and enjoy a weekend at the Diplomat Beach Resort.
Now you’re wondering, the Diplomat has been around for some time now, what’s the big deal with the Diplomat Beach Resort?
Well the Diplomat Beach Resort went thru a $100 million dollar renovation recently and it could not have come out any better. Not only was the entire property redone, but along with the changes came some amazing food.
A few weeks ago, I made the trip to the Diplomat Beach Resort for a weekend staycation. I relaxed, I ate, I drank my way through the Diplomat with the best hotel room and view in the city.
I arrived on Friday night and headed straight for Point Royal. Point Royal is the latest restaurant by celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian. I knew this was going to be a great night, when it kicked off with ‘The Point Royal Tower,’ which features 6 oysters, 6 clams, 6 oz. blue crab claws, 6 pink shrimp, whole Maine lobster and 16 oz. Alaskan king crab. ???? The meal was then followed by the ‘GZ Butter Poached Lobster Roll,’ ‘Point Royal Caesar,’ ‘Crab Croquettes,’ ‘Ricotta Dumplings,’ ‘Pomegranate Glazed Short Rib,’ ‘Shrimp & Anson Mills Grits’ and ‘Parmesan Crusted Potatoes.’ Even though, I was beyond full, I couldn’t end the night without having something sweet. I went with the ‘Dark Cherry Meringue.’ What a way to kick off night one of this staycation.
After that amazing meal to kick off the weekend, the night couldn’t end without some cocktails. What better way to end the night than at Nokku. Nokku is a karaoke speakeasy located behind Monkitail. If you’re wondering what is Monkitail, well Monkitail is a modern Japanese restaurant from Celebrity chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson. I didn’t dine at Monkitail this time around, but I love Monkitail and it’s one of my favorites on property. When you dine at Monkitail, I suggest you do the tasting menu, which will run you $65 per person. The tasting menu proffers 10 selections, one from each of the menu sections (cold, small, rolls, sushi & sashimi, crispy, meat, fish, sides, specialty sashimi, and robayataki).
Now back to Nokku.
Nokku has private karaoke rooms, where you can choose from any song imaginable. On top of the karaoke rooms, Nokku has some amazing cocktails, as well. Monkitail’s cocktail list is available at Nokku, which is a plus. My favorite cocktail at Monkitail/Nokku is ‘The Monkitail,’ which consists of bourbon, rye, vermouth, and barrel stave smoke.
After a few Monkitail’s, I decided to call it a night.
I kicked off the next morning by grabbing some breakfast at CounterPoint. CounterPoint is a quick-serve cafe, where you can score some ‘La Colombe’ coffee, fresh juices, breakfast sandwiches and more.
I followed that up with some poolside lounging and cocktails in a cabana. These poolside cabanas are pretty damn comfortable too. They provide plenty of shade, a tv for your viewing pleasure and some nice comfortable couches for you to take that mid-day nap on. Which is exactly what I did. You can grab some great poolside cocktails and bites at ‘La Playa.’ I had one to many Palmoa’s and Guacamole with mashed avocado, serrano chili, onion, lime, cilantro. All this makes for a little heaven on earth.
That mid-day nap is sure to make you hungry, so that’s when I made my way over to Bristol’s Burger. At Bristol’s I went for the ‘Loaded Footlong Wagyu Beef Hot Dog,’ ‘Mac & Cheese Tots’ and ‘Bristol’s Burger’ with homemade cheddar cheese whiz, lettuce, pickles, louis sauce.
To cap of this amazing staycation, I knew I had to have dinner at Diplomat Prime. Diplomat Prime isn’t just any other steakhouse. Diplomat Prime aged’s all their meat, plus you can enjoy a full raw bar, some non-steak items and a curated wine list and craft cocktails.
The dinner started with some oysters and stone crabs. Followed by the Octopus with edamame hummus, black olive, french feta, daikon radish. I also went for the ‘The Wedge Salad’ with baby iceberg, bacon lardons, crispy onion, blue cheese, buttermilk dressing. I wanted to more of a Surf and Turf for my meal so I did and a butter poached lobster and a 16 oz. NY Strip. You can dress your steak with bernaise, borderline, au poivre, or chimichurri if you choose to do so. If you want to take your steak to the next level, there are black truffle crust, roasted bone marrow, Point Reyes blue cheese, and jumbo lump crab “Oscar” additions. I can’t do a steakhouse and not have some sides right??? So I did the ‘Duck Fat Steak Fries’ and the ‘Lobster Mac & Cheese.’ Now as the night before, I can’t go to bed satisfied if I don’t have dessert. So I decided to overdo it and get two.
I went with the ‘Crème Brûlée’ with tahitian vanilla, almond tuile and the ‘Dark Chocolate Mousse Bar’ with peanut butter and praline.
I miss you already Diplomat Beach Resort. I can’t wait to come back for another staycation.
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